ETU National Apprentice of the Year

The ETU National Apprentice of the Year competition is back again in 2023! Applications will open 16 June and close at the end of July.

The ETU National Apprentice of the year is a major achievement open to any apprentice member of our union that fulfils the criteria below.

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for apprentices that can demonstrate:

  • your commitment to the trade (including career highlights, progress through your apprenticeship, safety in the workplace through your apprenticeship)
  • your skills as a communicator, leader and/or team member in your workplace and industry
  • your knowledge of the VET sector, emerging technologies, licensing requirements etc
  • Any strategies you have to encourage more apprentices to join the trade and the union
  • your union values, including support for the ‘Yes’ vote for the Voice to Parliament referendum.

To be eligible to participate you must: 

  • be a financial member of the ETU; 
  • have a valid passport or be willing to get one; 
  • be willing to travel overseas to a future industry conference; 
  • hold strong union values; 
  • have a strong work ethic and take pride in your trade; 
  • demonstrate a commitment to your apprenticeship, including satisfactory progression of on and off the job training requirements; 
  • have a capacity to work safely, not endanger yourself or others and have the ability to speak up if you see something unsafe at work 

We’ll provide more details on the application process and selection criteria on 16 June, so stay tuned!

How to apply?

Applications can be submitted through an online form and can be done in written or video/image format. The winner will be selected by an independent judging panel as in previous years.

This year we will hold an online information session on Zoom for any applicants wanting to ask questions before submitting their applications. Keep an eye on this page and our social media pages for details and how to register for the session. You should also ask for help and guidance from your delegate and/or organiser.

What will the winner recieve?

The winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to represent the ETU as a delegate at the Global Power Trade Union Congress (GPTUC) in July 2024.

Last year’s winner was Iyesha Paull from Queensland, who impressed the independent judging panel with her leadership qualities, her uncompromising commitment to union values and to her trade.

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